And it’s only taken twenty years of wars and color revolutions, sanctions and travel bans, freezing of assets and conspiracy theories about subverting elections in the U.S. and elsewhere, cyber warfare and chemical poisoning accusations, military build-up along Russia’s borders, repeated Western-initiated Security Council votes condemning the nation, isolation of Russia to the point where the West has now divided the world into 190 UN members versus Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, etc. to have this dawn on Lavrov. Until now it’s been nothing but esteemed partners, valued allies, cherished colleagues, ad nauseam.

Tass
May 7, 2021

West imposing totalitarianism, rejecting democracy in global affairs — Lavrov

Russia’s top diplomat stressed that the West’s policy of unilateral sanctions is geared to “punish unwanted regimes or remove rivals”

Western nations are actually planting totalitarianism in international relations in a bid to impose their position on others, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.

“Incredibly but while openly undermining international law Western politicians don’t hesitate to say that the key task of global politics is to counter Russia’s and China’s attempts to change the rule-based order,” he told an online UN Security Council meeting. “Such statements came after a recent G7 ministerial meeting in London. In other words, this is nothing but double-talk. The West no longer cares for norms of international law and now insists everyone obey by its rules and stick to the order based on these rules.”

The West no longer cares for norms of international law and now insists everyone obey by its rules and stick to the order based on these rules.”

“We think that such steps geared to impose totalitarianism in global affairs are inadmissible but they are widely practiced by our Western colleagues, first of all, the United States, the European Union and its other allies, who reject all principles of democracy and multilateralism insisting on everything be done their way and threatening punishment,” Lavrov said.

Russia’s top diplomat stressed that the West’s policy of unilateral sanctions is geared to “punish unwanted regimes or remove rivals.” He noted that despite the United Nations secretary general’s calls, the West was only toughening these sanctions. “Such restrictions amid the pandemic dramatically narrow the chances of several nations to combat the infection,” he added.